Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Getting into the Festival Spirit

Another excellent publication has featured our work - well to be honest they were given the opportunity on a plate as I wrote the words and took the pictures

The Landy is a free Land Rover magazine which is as good a reason as any to give it a plug.

So in the September 2018 issue on Page 8 you will find this article (Click the picture below for full sized image)

The event was so successful that we have been asked to organise another display and parade at the Usk Show .. watch this space

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Welsh Festival of Land Rovers 2018

A wonderful display of Land Rovers were on display at the Royal Welsh Showground on the weekend of the 19th & 20th of March

This was the Welsh Festival of Land Rovers 2018, an event which I was proud to be one of the organisers of.

The idea originated last year and after some discussions with both the club and the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society it was agreed early this year that we (the South Wales Land Rover Club)  would organize and host an event as part of the Gŵyl Wanwyn Frenhinol Cymru / Royal Welsh Spring Festival.

Something like that does not happen overnight and it took a lot of work from the members of the SWLRC and it turned out to be a fantastic event.

Katy was there of course and we were proud to be parked next to "Lola" who was one of the original Land Rover owned 110 demonstrators for the duration of the event. Two definitely disreputable ladies (well if you consider occasional breakdowns to be disreputable!).

We were not the only specialist camping vehicle on show and there were many fine interpretations of what makes a good camper from a massive 6x6 vehicle that has been designed for an upcoming round the world tour, to this excellent camel styled Discovery conversion created by Richard of the SWLRC.

There were some strange vehicles on show and nothing looked more strange than this which is the Classic Land Rover magazine Marrakesh Express. It wasn't sporting a new style of roof tent (although nothing would seem more normal on such an already outlandish vehicle), that was the helter-skelter in the fairground behind us.

The main theme of the event was to show the variety of Land Rovers and how they had developed through the last 70 years since they were launched. We would have liked to have a 1948 vehicle, but had not been able to source one in time, but we were very happy to have this 1949 Series 1 which was the first Land Rover to be registered in Radnorshire and therefore a most appropriate vehicle to take place in our display.

There were other fine old vehicles on show as well. Here is Pete from SWLRC explaining the intricacies of the Series 1 engine to yet another interested visitor.

Not all the Land Rovers were old. There were some excellent rebuilds and conversions and not just for camping purposes. This one had had an engine replacement and was a superb sounding vehicle even when standing still as you can hear in this short video clip

Even when parked it was quite a superb looking vehicle as you can see with its twin exhaust setup showing. It came up in the pickup bed behind the truck cab

And at the heart of it the SWLRC stand which was visited by literally hundreds of visitors across the weekend.

The one aspect I am unable to share pictures of is the wonderful parade of land Rovers which took place on the Saturday afternoon. That's for the simple reason that I was the host and commentator for the event and therefore I was unable to take pictures or video.

The premise was to show the development of the vehicles through the last 70 years from the Series 1 shown above right up to a brand new Evoque 

The earliest production vehicle was Colin Pugh’s 1949 Series 1 which was the first land Rover to be sold in Radnorshire to the then Major ( Later Lord ) David Gibson Watt (note – a real war hero if you want to look him up https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1384646/Lord-Gibson-Watt.html). It has undergone a full, but sensitive restoration in recent years and really does look in good condition.  

With a 1951 and then 86” 1955 following it was easy to show the changes that came along even in these early years. 

Series 2’s were represented by a wonderful 2A pickup which had been a complete rebuild and a very rare 2A Shorland Northern Ireland Police border patrol. Having this at the show was a real highlight and was only possible because of the wonderful weather as its owner Clive Elliott explained “The vision out of it’s small bullet proof viewing port (it’s too small to call it a windscreen) is so bad in the wet it is not safe to drive in those conditions”. 

Amongst the Series 3’s we had Bryn Jones’ 1972, still used as a working vehicle and still with it’s original engine. Coiled Sprung models were led off by “Lola” - An original Land Rover demonstrator for the 110 and with a number of special conversions including Tony Johnson’s superb 6x6 vehicle designed for an upcoming world tour, and “Katy” one of only 48 Marshall’s 127 Ambulances made (see the Landy issue 17). 

Discovery and Freelander’s interspersed the Defenders and the parade was completed with a brand new Evoque which the local Land Rover dealer Likes of Hay on Wye which was complete with a 70th anniversary design.

Many thousands of people same to see the display and as with all such events the success would not have happened without a lot of hard work from the members of the SWLRC.

Suffice to say that this was a great success and one that we hope to be able to repeat in a future year - or maybe even something bigger and better :-)

Monday, 30 April 2018

Spitfires were still in the air

1948. Spitfires were still in the air and the Land Rover was launched on April the 30th in Amsterdam 

Picture from Land Rover media collections used under license

We re-created this post wartime theme on a SWLRC Road Run a few years ago with three stunning Womens Land Army girls.

for the doubters out there... The WLA lasted until its official disbandment on 21 October 1949

The Landy April 2018

Thanks to The Landy magazine for featuring our SWLRC and friends event in the April 2018 edition 

To read the whole issue (which is excellent value as it's free to download or pick up in Land Rover shops) click here  


Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Welsh Festival of Land Rovers

We are proud to be helping to arrange the inaugural Welsh Festival of Land Rovers hosted by the South Wales Land Rover club

The poster says it all ... click for a bigger version to print and share ...

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Audio Killed the Radio Star

It's been quiet on here, but busy in the background because I have been working hard with friends from the South Wales Land Rover Club on preparation for the Welsh Festival Of Land Rovers

As part of that two of us  (Tom and myself) were invited to present a short interview on the DRIVETIME program hosted by Ian Edwards about Land Rovers on the GTFM local radio station.

It was fun,  Ian was an excellent host and had a good laugh at my use of visuals in the studio which if course did not come across on Radio. We were able to give the event a good plug which is what we were aiming for

If you want to listen to it just CLICK HERE to play the MP3 file 

Monday, 5 February 2018

Welsh Festival of Land Rovers

Here is an event which Land Rover Katy will be at and we are happy to support

If you would like to bring a vehicle please contact Marc and complete an entry form  
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